NATIONAL BANK FOR AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
SYLLABUS FOR THE WRITTEN EXAMINATION FOR THE POST OF ASSISTANT MANAGERS IN GRADE ‘A’ ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
THE SYLLABUS IS ONLY ILLUSTRATIVE AND NOT EXHAUSTIVE
Forage Production :
Soils, soil fertility and fertilizers, irrigation methods and practices, agronomic practices of fodder crops, crop rotations and intensity, grasses and grasslands, silvipastoral systems, silage and hay making.
Animal Genetics and Breeding :
Basic concept of gene, laws of inheritance, linkage maps, sex determination, chromosomal aberration, gene mutation, systems of breeding, mating systems, heritability, repeatability and selection in animal breeding, size index, population genetics, gene type and phenotypic variation.
Physiology of Reproduction and Lactation :
Male and female reproductive systems, spermato-genesis, oestrous cycle, symptoms of heat, semen collection, evaluation and preservation, artificial insemination, fertilization and embryo transfer, pregnancy and lactation, structure of mammary gland, milk synthesis and milk ejection.
Animal Nutrition :
Composition of animal body, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, macro and micro elements in nutrition, vitamins and hormones in nutrition, digestion, nutritive value, nutritional requirements, rumen metabolism, calf feeding, feed formulation and feeding patterns utilisation of crop residues and industrial by- products.
Animal Health :
Morphology, reproduction, life history and mode of infection of the livestock parasites
–Tryonasoma, Babesis, Coccidia, Schistosoma, Trichomonas, Liver Flukes. Life history of insects such as flies, lice, ticks and mites and their importance in livestock farming. Major diseases of livestock, preventive and curative measures for their control.
Dairy Management and Economics :
Principles of management of farm and labour, various classes of farm stock, sanitation in dairy farm and water, disposal of sewage and clean milk production, management functions, factors affecting farm efficiency, farm planning and budgeting, resource allocation, economic consideration of herd size, milk production, cost of inputs, labour efficiency.
Dairy Science :
- Composition of milk and factors affecting its legal standards for milk in India, physical properties and nutrition value of milk. Chemistry of lipids, protein and lactose, vitamins in milk and mineral balance.
- Type of micro-organisms in milk and their morphological characteristics, milk borne diseases. Hygienic milk production, growth of bacteria in milk, milk fermentation, bacteriological grading in milk, indigenous milk products – manufacturing process, chemical composition and microbiology of products like khoa, burfi, channa, paneer, shrikhand.
- Western milk products – Manufacturing process of products like skim milk / whole milk powder, cheese, ghee, table butter, baby food, ice cream. Chemical composition of various products and fermented milk.
- Variation in milk composition in relation to species, storage and heat treatment, bacteriology of starter cultures, fermented milks, condensed milk and dried milks.
- Milk procurement methods, price fixation and marketing of milk and milk products.
Poultry Production :
Breeds of poultry – genetic principles – selection methods – mating systems – economic traits – poultry production systems and management of feeding, disease control and marketing of poultry products – other species – quails, ducks and guinea fowl.
Other Species of Livestock (Sheep, Goat, Pig and Rabbit) :
Important breeds – production systems, management – feeding – disease control – marketing.
Meat and Meat Products :
Production of meat – composition and characteristics of good meat – slaughter houses meat inspection – preservation of meat – meat by-products and its utilization.